Dear Elite Readers,
The CIC and SIC do have certain powers of the civil courts but they are not presided over by judicial officers and hence cannot be equated to courts. They are like tribunals. That is why when the decisions of CIC are SIC are challenged in the High Court, the CIC or the SIC, as the case may be, is impleaded as one of the respondents. This is not followed in case of civil or criminal courts. The court or the judge is not a party before the proceedings in higher forums.
I share the concern that professionalism is missing in the proceedings before the CIC or SIC. This may be due to the reason that when appeal/complaint is made before the Commission it is not processed, as in the court and are admitted. At times even without the order impugned, appeal is admitted and notice is ordered. It could be the high time where an element of professionalism is introduced to the Commission and things should be standardized. This will go a long way in improving the overall standards.
May God bless,
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